Writing Assignment: Your Plan For Next Year

by Randy Murray on October 28, 2011

If there’s any profession more inclined to procrastination than writing, I haven’t heard of it.

You don’t have to conform to the stereotype.

But you’ll need a plan.

This is the time of year that businesses and organizations create their plans for the coming year. It’s not a bad time for individuals to pause and plan as well, especially before the rush and chaos of the holiday season. And it’s an excellent time for writers to plan out their year as well.

Plans don’t have to be complex or difficult to write. In fact, they should be simple, a true expression of what you want to achieve and your initial thoughts on how to accomplish what you’ve decided on. The best plans are simple, short, and very high level. And you can have more than one plan, more than one goal.

The best plans have three things: a goal, a recognition of your current state, and the steps that will take you from where you are now to where you want to be. Once you have this simple plan it can be used to create detailed steps to achieve each individual high-level step.

More on planning:


For today’s assignment, write a single plan for the coming year. Without judging yourself, pick out something you want, put it at the top of your page, and then detail the steps that will get you there.

Follow this template:

  • Top of the page: what I want.
  • Bottom of the page: a statement of where you are now in relation to what you want.
  • Middle of the page, from the bottom up: the steps that will get you to your goal.

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